Maurice Binder (August 25, 1925 – April 4, 1991) was a famous title designer best known for his work with Stanley Donen’s films from 1958 and on 14 James Bond films including the first, Dr. No in 1962. He was born in New York City, USA, but worked mostly in Britain from the 1950s onwards. The Bond producers first approached him after being impressed by his title designs for the 1960 Stanley Donen comedy film The Grass Is Greener.
Binder created the signature gun barrel sequence. He is also best known for women performing a variety of activities such as dancing, jumping on a trampoline, or shooting weapons. Both sequences are trademarks and staples of the James Bond films. Maurice Binder was succeeded by Daniel Kleinman as the title designer for 1995’s GoldenEye.
Prior to GoldenEye, the only James Bond movies for which he did not create the opening title credits were From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964), both of which were designed by Robert Brownjohn.
Binder shot opening and closing sequences involving a mouse for The Mouse That Roared (1959), a sequence of monks filmed as a mosaic explaining the history of the Golden Bell in The Long Ships (1963), and a sequence of Spanish dancers explaining why the then topical reference of nuclear weapons vanishing in a B-52 mishap shifted from Spain to Greece in The Day the Fish Came Out (1967).
He designed the title sequence for Sodom and Gomorrah that featured an orgy (the only one in the film). He took three days to direct the sequence that was originally supposed to take one day.